Designing Effective Organizations


Spring 2023


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March 29 - April 19 | 2023

[Application Deadline: February 20, 2023]

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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

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Course Overview

Designing Effective Organizations offers an introduction to the practice of strategic organizational design. You will learn theory and practical frameworks to build your own toolkit to lead or support new organizational design efforts through all its phases : Assessing the need for new structure and practices, diagnosing the current system, imagining new possibilities, and constructing the scaffolding for change.

Course Schedule


Remote Session

3-4 hours of Pre-work to be completed by between March 29 - April 5.

Opening Session on Wedneday, March 29 (Remote on Zoom)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CT
Week 1: Wednesday, April 5 & Thursday, April 6 6:00 pm -  9:00 pm CT
Week 2: Wednesday, April 12 & Thursday, April 13 6:00 pm -  9:00 pm CT
Week 3: Wednesday, April 19 & Thursday, April 20 6:00 pm -  9:00 pm CT
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Who Should Attend

  • Leaders and senior managers looking for opportunities to design new methods and practices that will achieve strategic objectives while expanding their points of view about change.

What Questions Will We Answer

  • What are the building blocks of organization design (e.g. strategy, structure, process, etc.), and how do they work and evolve as a system?
  • What are the cultural contexts in an organization, including decision rights, norms, and leadership dynamics?
  • What does organization design solve for and influence?
  • How emerging issues and opportunities shaping organization design decisions (e.g., Diversity & Inclusion, impact of COVID-19, the virtual workplace)?
  • What does it look like (and require) to lead the organization design process?

Benefits and Outcomes

  • Learn about essential design models and frameworks and how to practically apply them within your organization.
  • Best practice examples and tips for leading an organization design process.
  • Things to consider before implementation and change to build understanding and engagement to the change(s).

Earn Continuing Education Credit

  • ELOC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 24 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • ELOC is accredited by IACET giving students the opportunity to earn CEUs. This program is valid for 2.4 IACET CEUs.

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all synchronous class sessions
  • Complete all written assignments (individual case and reflection questions).
Bruce and Brad


Bruce McBratney

Bruce McBratney, is a consultant, executive coach and educator with broad industry experience.


Brad Smith

Brad Smith, co-teaches Designing Organizations and has over 25 years an HR leader and organization design and effectiveness consultant.